Be thorough when you’re looking at a house – don’t be afraid to open cupboards, turn on taps to make sure the hot water works etc
Ensure you have enough tenants for each rentable bedroom to minimise the cost.
Ask how much the utility bills are so that you can estimate how much you will be paying. If utilities are included in the rent, check if there is a cap on the amount that is included.
Ask to see the Energy Performance Certificate - this shows how energy efficient a house is. If the house has a poor energy performance, the bills will be high. Visit the DirectGov website to find out more about Energy Performance Certificates.
Log onto Studentpad at Aston Student Guild. This promotes rental opportunities which are within easy travel distance of the University.